Hi, I’m Daria. I am a junior at Liberty University majoring in business administration with a focus in project management and a minor in Spanish. I joined Quixote Group as an intern for the summer of 2017, and I’m here to share my personal experience working for the firm.

The thought of a 9 to 5 internship is exciting for a college student eager to expand their wings in the work force, but then reality hits. This will be your life forever.

Interning for Quixote Group has been eye-opening to say the least. As a project management major, it was interesting to see different cogs of the same machine working. I must admit it was intimidating to sit down for eight hours and work to better someone else’s image. It was even more intimidating when a looming stack of papers I had to number-crunch stared at me. Sometimes it can literally feel like you’re moving tons of dirt with a teaspoon, but then other times you have a loader — whether that be plugging information into endless Excel sheets or creating and finishing a tracking report within the day. The beginning stages of a project can be far less interesting than overseeing the final steps, but with that being said, there is one commonality: each step is important. Every task completed was a piece to a huge puzzle. Never was I given busy work to pass time, and with this responsibility, I felt valuable and trusted. I’ve come to see the importance of PR in the world through a perspective of creating not consuming. Instead of writing off a brand’s new website or improved social media presence, I am able to value it more. The behind-the-scenes work it takes to get a product or brand perfected for public consumption is insanely complex, and without the multitude of steps we wouldn’t be so aesthetically pleased or catered to.

I must say, the biggest part of my success was the office culture I became a part of. I wasn’t isolated or held in contempt; I was led, guided and advised through not just work-related things but life things. An office job isn’t just a job; it’s a lifestyle. I’ve fortunately come to know the best people who work hard, live hard, have the best dogs and truly wanted the best experience for me. I know that I will carry the spirit of Don Quixote plus Excel, PowerPoint and Cisionpoint wherever I choose to go after this summer.

-Daria, dderushia@quixotegroup.com